Steps to Keeping your Dishwasher Clean

The sole purpose of a dishwasher is to clean the dishes in the kitchen, but often most homeowners end up with dishwashers that leave our kitchen smelling like a garbage disposal. If you love appliances like us, your dishwasher is among your cherished home appliances. Without your dishwasher, you will be chained to your sink every night, manually scrubbing all the dirty dishes your family can generate. But with the help of a dishwasher, you not only save time, but you also save energy.

Due to excessive use, over time, your dishwasher will store up certain food residues, leaving you with a stinky unit. A dishwasher isn’t meant to be stinky and smelly, and it falls on you to keep your washing unit clean, most especially those places that are difficult to reach.

Carrying out proper maintenance of your dishwasher, will improve its longevity and durability, and also ensure you have a dependable appliance that can help you with your dishes and save you from those long nights in the kitchen sink.

Check your filters regularly

Most people don’t know that dishwashers come with filters and these filters can get clogged easily. So, one needs to inspect them regularly and check for any residue that might be stored up in them. If you do not know how to access your dishwasher’s filter system, you can also refer to the instructional manual that came with the appliance

Inspect spray arms

Sometimes food remnants end up on the holes on the spray arms. It is not on food residues that clog up the holes, soap residues, and other particles might have the same effect as well. The problem with clogged spray arms is that it won’t even spray. Inspect the holes on the spray arms once a week to see if they are clogged. You can use a toothpick to unclog the holes.

Disinfect and Deodorize

You should de-scale, disinfect, and deodorize your dishwasher. There are lots of dishwasher safe detergents and other effective cleaning solutions that can help you achieve this. A homemade solution will be using a combination of vinegar and baking soda to clean and deodorize the washer respectively.

Clean the exterior surface

When it comes to cleaning your dishwasher, it is not just the interior that you shower your attention with; you also consider the exterior as well. If your unit is made from stainless steel, a glass cleaner can do an adequate job of removing residue, and dirt from the surface of your appliance. You can also use soapy water to do the cleanup.

Don’t spray any liquid on the surface of your unit as this might affect the controls, and end up damaging them. Use a washcloth, to gently carry out the cleaning of the exterior of your dishwasher.

A smelly and dirty dishwasher doesn’t do you any good and rather than keeping your dishes clean, it might just be doing the reverse. Ensure you clean your dishwasher regularly so that it can serve you better.

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